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October 7, 2015 - 4:20pm
8 min 2 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made the trip to Houston but three of his teammates stayed home.

Team officials said linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Bjoern Werner and running back Tyler Varga did not travel Wednesday. None of the three practiced this week. Freeman is out with a groin injury, Werner has an injured hamstring and Varga will miss his second straight game with a concussion.

The bigger question has been Luck, who was...

October 7, 2015 - 4:20pm
8 min 2 sec ago

MONTREAL (AP) — Leaders at the World Anti-Doping Agency say there's no scientific reason to ban thyroid medication, despite reports that some high-profile long-distance runners use the medicine during training.

In the wake of reports that a number of athletes coached by Alberto Salazar use the medication, the British anti-doping agency and other asked WADA to consider putting it on its banned-substance list.

But when the list came out last week, that...

October 7, 2015 - 4:11pm
8 min 2 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — With the Yankees playing, baseball's wild-card game has drawn its largest television audience in its short history.

The Houston Astros' 3-0 win over New York in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night on ESPN averaged more than 7.6 million viewers.

The network said Wednesday that's up 36 percent from the 5.6 million for last year's NL game between the Giants and Pirates on ESPN, which was the previous high. It's up 46 percent from the 5.2...

October 7, 2015 - 3:47pm
8 min 2 sec ago

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The absence of two veteran receivers and his go-to tight end won't change a thing for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Facing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in an important AFC North matchup, the Ravens (1-3) will be without leading receiver Steve Smith and speedy Michael Campanaro, both of whom were injured last Thursday night in a win over the Steelers.

Tight end Crockett Gilmore, who has 10 catches for 151 yards...

October 7, 2015 - 3:42pm
8 min 2 sec ago

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan football player Logan Tuley-Tillman has been charged with three felonies, nearly a month after the offensive tackle was kicked off the team.

Ann Arbor District Court records say Tuley-Tillman was arraigned Wednesday on one count of using a computer to commit a crime and two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person.

Jim Harbaugh, who is coaching the 18th-ranked Wolverines, kicked Tuley-...

October 7, 2015 - 3:34pm
8 min 2 sec ago

WHITEHOUSE, Texas (AP) — Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed an East Texas home belonging to the grandfather of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be suspicious.

Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says crews were called early Wednesday morning to the fire at a house near Lake Tyler that's owned by Paul Manziel, Johnny Manziel's grandfather.

Brooks says no one was at the house at the time, and no one had been there for the...

October 7, 2015 - 2:59pm
8 min 2 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is moving closer to making his season debut.

Thomas practiced Wednesday without a cast for the first time since breaking his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

Thomas didn't sound overly optimistic that he would make his Jaguars debut Sunday at Tampa Bay (1-3), saying "I don't know if that's going to be an option."...

October 7, 2015 - 2:25pm
8 min 2 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Kevin Durant prepares to play his first NBA game in eight months, the Oklahoma City star says it feels like his absence has been a lot longer than that.

Durant will play in the Thunder's preseason opener in Minnesota on Wednesday night. He spoke to reporters after the team's morning shootaround and says that "it seems like it was years ago."

Durant missed 55 games last season and needed three surgeries to repair his broken right...

October 7, 2015 - 2:17pm
8 min 2 sec ago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have promoted safety Demontre Hurst from the practice squad to the active roster.

Hurst has appeared in 16 games for Chicago over the past two seasons. He has 36 defensive tackles, one interception and one forced fumble along with nine special teams stops.

The Bears announced the move Wednesday.


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October 7, 2015 - 2:14pm
8 min 2 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers signed former Rutgers start Kadeem Jack on Wednesday.

Adding the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward to the roster gives the Pacers 18 players in training camp.

Jack joins first-round draft pick Myles Turner, second-round picks Joe and Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair as the only rookies in camp. Christmas was acquired in a trade with Cleveland.

Indiana returns to action Thursday night when Orlando...

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